A variety of small passenger boats operate on the River Dart and a license is required. The license is issued by South Hams District Council (Salcombe Harbour Office) for up to 12 passengers, for which Dart Harbour acts on their behalf.
To obtain a license for a vessel up to 12 passengers, please contact the Salcombe Harbour Office in the first instance will arrange a test for both the operator (Boatman’s Licence) and a vessel safety inspection. This is conducted by Dart Harbour, who will carry out the relevant checks.
Hull condition surveys, mandatory safety equipment, and other various safety-related conditions will apply to each vessel, under the guidance of the Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code
For any new applications for passenger boats, the stability requirements as described in the MCA approved Inland Waters Small Passenger Boat Code must be met.
A Local Boatmans License is also a mandatory requirement for operators of these vessels and relevant RYA/MCA certificates will be taken into account as supporting qualifications.
N.B. New operators should also consider the logistics associated with running a boat-based commercial business. These include;
- Mooring availability
- Passenger embarkation and debarkation
- Provisioning the vessel
- Cleaning and maintenance